The Big Life – Stratford East

Start date: 16th February 2024
End date: 30th March 2024
Time: 2:30 am
Location: Stratford East
February | March

Date: Fri 16 Feb – Sat 30 Mar
Time: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Venue: Stratford East
Price: Tickets from £10
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It’s 1950s London, and Ferdy, Bernie, Dennis and Lennie arrive from the West Indies full of expectations and aspirations.

Eager to make successes of themselves, they are optimistic about what the future holds, plus Dennis is certain that showing his brother’s posthumous medal from World War II will mean he is welcomed heartily. Building this new life will take focus and sacrifice, and the young men make the bold decision to forswear wine and women for three whole years and devote themselves to their future in London.

Sybil, Mary, Zulieka and Kathy have other ideas. They know that man cannot live by bread alone! So each one’s resolve is put to the test as the reality of life in a less-than-welcoming England, not to mention the weather, makes forgoing the warmth of female company hard to resist. Will the men stick with their idea of The Big Life, or will Cupid have the final say?

A joyful and uplifting production, where the story of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost meets that of the Windrush generation in a fun-packed Ska musical that’ll have you dancing in your seats.

THE BIG LIFE returns to the stage 20 years after its Stratford East premiere and subsequent West End transfer.

Presented by Stratford East in association with Chuchu Nwagu Productions Ltd.